Should Prisoners Be Allowed to Have Facebook Pages?
This article reports on a new policy in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice which bans the maintenance of prisoners' social media platforms by third parties, introducing new questions about prisoners' first amendment rights.
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In 1974, Elmer Wayne Henley Jr. received six life sentences for helping Dean Corll, a Texas candy company owner, abduct, rape, and murder at least 28 boys and young men. Over the next four decades, the family members of the victims kept in touch, trading notes when Henley was up for parole. In 2011, they discovered that someone had set up a Facebook page for Henley and was helping him sell art he’d made in prison. Read more...